Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Play Date

Remember I had that table full of scraps, well there was a large amount of 2.5" strips in blues, greens, and purples.  Rather than pack them away, I played with an easy block to use them up.


I am usually pretty good at gestimating what block will get the most out of that pile of scraps.  I had figured I would get 100 of these.  Close - 95 - not bad for a day of play.

There was this little baggy with strips and pieces that looked interesting and I will play with these today.  A lot of an old Marcus 'Collection for a Cause' line - Comfort.  But they are all pre-cut 2" strips - maybe left from a kit??   The red/white/blue will be tucked away for a project as our guild will be participating in a Wounded Warriors quilt gifting later this year.  The smaller bits look to be cut-offs from a project and I will probably chopped them down into my barrel system.

Wednesday is Temecula's 'GEESE' day, so I hope to add another 20 of these.  And I would like to add another 10 or 20 more of my plaid blocks to the pile.

The next Solistic block will be out, but my 'main' play date if going to be with my Grands today.  I am spending the afternoon (babysitting) and have some crafty stuff to take along for some play time with them.

Enjoy Your Day,
Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Making 2/20/17

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I've missed my sewing machine because I have been busy doing handwork.  Today I will be joining Beth for some 'making' time - I really need it!

I don't have permission to show this commission piece, but I can give a little peek.  Those elephants are about an inch tall.  Yes, I work tiny cross stitch along with my tiny quilting.  This will be blocked out today so it is ready for pick up.

Bleeker Street w/Wendy

My making will be to get to Part One of the Bleeker Street QAL with Wendy.  I don't plan on doing the big quilt, but making different sections into minis, table runners, and/or pillows.

  The white has a swirl in it - left over from one of last year's projects and needs using up.  And a tote with some left over layer cakes, FQs and pieces.  They need to find a purpose and I think this project will fit the bill.  Now to go wind some bobbins.

To our quilty friends on the West Coast - hope all are safe,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, February 17, 2017


I had to surface for a day.  I knew it was time to take a break from the cross stitch when I was putting in three stitches and then removing two stitches.  Plus, I didn't want to fall too far behind on some QAL blocks put up this week.

The newest Solstice block was a big one and I don't like to do big.  I changed up the block to fit more my style - it is my quilt.  4.5" units!!  Heck, I make 4.5" blocks  - this gave me shivers.  Something might get added to that center because that is just too big an empty space for me.

I had just a little left to finish on the February Bag Lady - Charlotte, so I finished up her stitches.  Her jacket buttons, purse snap, and some other embellishments will get added once she goes into her mini.  She's one colorful gal for sure.

The next blocks for the PatchWork QAL with Fat Quarter Shop.  I kept wanting to turn those outer units  (another kind of block), so I even had a day of stitch removal with my sewing.  Geesh!  This is the Patrick Loose line Catherine Ann that I won from Wendy Shepard some time ago.  AND her first installment of the "Spring on Bleecker Street" QAL is up.  I hope to get to this after my cross stitch is done.

Yes, Moe - how this small tote for my Solstice fabrics was comfortable for him is beyond me, but I had the worst time convincing him to move over to the couch so I could pick up.  I needed the table for something else.  Move Moe!!

While it took some prodding with Moe - I decided to finish up this hexie basket block - only one flower needed stitching down.  I have just one more block to do now.  My goal was to try and get these blocks done this month and then the piecing units can be worked on next month.

This is why I needed Moe to move.  He did some snooping, but was too tired to get involved and went off to nap upstairs.  A huge donation of scraps and more is coming.  So I am processing a bag at a time with my 'quick' method and then when I am ready to get down and dirty with them, it will go faster.  I don't like to store fabrics in plastic bags, so I have the quick sort method for them to be put into a larger tub for later sort/usage.

I did set aside some pieces for my Temecula Quilt Co Geese units and for that plaid block project - maybe they may find their way under the needle later this month.

I am loving the photos that I am seeing on some blogs of daffs, tulips, flowering trees  - signs of spring!  I know it will take it's time coming to us, but you help me know it is coming.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

There is no sewing going on at this time as I work a commission piece in cross stitch.  A lovely old prayer into a sampler for a baby shower gift - her first great grandchild:

Father, we thank thee for the night,
and for the pleasant morning light;
for rest and food and loving care,
and all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
to be to others kind and good;
in all we do, in work or play,
to grow more loving every day.

children's bedtime prayer - Rebecca Weston - 1890

Sewingly Yours